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Entrepreneurs Today Don't Need a Big Budget to Start

Marty Zwilling | Posted 07.28.2014 | Business
Marty Zwilling

It wasn't so many years ago that starting a new e-commerce business on the Internet was a complex custom development project, usually costing a million dollars or more. Now you can do it for free.

5 Rules for Professional Chic On a Budget!

Susie Moore | Posted 07.23.2014 | Style
Susie Moore

There is no reason to ever have credit card debit for clothes. Ever. Living in New York, I was astounded at people who shop with money they don't have for expensive fashion items they don't need. In your blazer, heels, pearls and stilettos, you will look effortlessly chic.

Is the 2015 Chicago Public Schools budget based on a "gimmick?"

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 07.23.2014 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Q: What's 14 months long and lasts 365 days? A: The Chicago Public Schools 2015 fiscal year. That's no joke. It's the gist of a report from fiscal w...

Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid, Yet Again: Review of Dead Men Ruling

Dean Baker | Posted 07.22.2014 | Books
Dean Baker

Gene Steuerle is not a standard right-winger who believes that a dollar in the pocket of a middle class or poor person is a dollar that could be in the pockets of the rich. He is a serious budget analyst who has does important work on tax and budget issues for more than three decades.

Poll shows voters are excited about Rauner's economic plan

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 07.21.2014 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Illinois Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner released his ideas for a plan to fix the state's out-of-whack budget July 17. In it, Rauner a...

4 Weddings in 4 States for Less Than $2,200

Credit.com | Posted 07.18.2014 | Weddings
Credit.com

My husband and I received four wedding invitations for this summer, and we knew we wanted to do everything we could to attend each one. With some strategic saving, budget adjustments and frugal choices, we'll be able to enjoy them for less than $2,200.

Should Bruce Rauner Share an Illinois State Budget Proposal?

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 07.17.2014 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

This is the hottest, smartest and most entertaining online debate you'll find about the 2014 race for Illinois governor.

How Kansas and California Debunked the GOP's Tax Cuts Argument

Carl Gibson | Posted 07.17.2014 | Politics
Carl Gibson

The Paul Ryans of America have lost the bet fair and square. The tax cuts experiment has had plenty of time to show results, but the only people whose economic situations have improved since the Bush tax cuts are the wealthiest 1 percent of society.

House GOP's IRS Budget Cuts: A Field Day for Tax Cheats

Chuck Marr | Posted 07.15.2014 | Politics
Chuck Marr

When it considers IRS funding, the Senate should take a stronger stand for honest taxpayers by rejecting all cuts and giving the IRS the resources it needs to do its job. The president should accept no less.

New CBO Long-Term Budget Projections Tell Familiar Story

Paul N. Van de Water | Posted 07.15.2014 | Politics
Paul N. Van de Water

The Congressional Budget Office's new long-term budget projections, released today, are very similar to those that CBO published in September 2013 and to ones that we released in May 2014. They show that the nation's fiscal outlook is stable for the rest of this decade and then worsens gradually.

Hope Fades For Drama-Free Passage Of Spending Bills

Reuters | Posted 07.14.2014 | Politics

By Annika McGinnis and David Lawder WASHINGTON, July 13 (Reuters) - This year was supposed to be different for Congress. ...

'How I Cut My Food Budget $600 In 6 Months'

Credit.com | Posted 07.11.2014 | Money
Credit.com

I opened up my budget tracking tool last November and my jaw dropped -- I had spent $1,200 on food that month. That's when I knew I had to make a change.

Modern Hostels -- They Do Exist! -- For The Low-Budget, High-Style Traveler

Oyster | Posted 07.11.2014 | Travel
Oyster

Forget no-frills lodging; today's new brand of hostels offers cool decor and plenty of perks. Sounds too good to be true? Well, we've got the scoop on hostels that pack a wow factor with upscale amenities, contemporary comforts, prime locations, and good food.

Finding and Renting an Apartment in Europe

Andy Steves | Posted 07.09.2014 | Travel
Andy Steves

There are two routes you can choose from when you are looking for an apartment in Europe. You can use a direct booking website or you can go through a rental agency.

20 Ways To Waste Less Food

Dannii Martin | Posted 07.08.2014 | Taste
Dannii Martin

It goes without saying that wasting that much food is going to put a big dent in your food budget, so if you are getting healthy on a budget, then lowering your food waste is something you should really try and focus on.

Five Reasons Not to Raise the Gas Tax

Randal O'Toole | Posted 07.03.2014 | Politics
Randal O'Toole

The federal Highway Trust Fund is running out of money, and some senators have proposed to fix the problem by raising gas taxes. This, however, is the wrong solution because it treats the symptom, and not the underlying reason for the shortfall.

OTP's Guide to Swagger on the Road

Off Track Planet | Posted 07.01.2014 | Travel
Off Track Planet

Make like the hippies, beatniks, rastas, and punks and pioneer your own street style.

Rich People Don't Put Money in Jars

Natalie Pace | Posted 06.30.2014 | Money
Natalie Pace

Athletes and other instant millionaires, who haven't adopted the strategies of the wealthy, often find themselves broke within a few years of their windfall. Meanwhile, many American aristocrats preserve their estates through the centuries. What do the wealthy know that you don't?

Yagana Shah

The Very Best Money-Saving Discounts For Boomers

HuffingtonPost.com | Yagana Shah | Posted 06.17.2014 | Fifty

Turning 50 can be scary... besides becoming increasingly worried about your impending empty nest, the uphill battle to defy the effects of gravity, an...

'No Budget, No Pay' Works Once Again in California

Chris Weigant | Posted 06.16.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Every so often, in the world of legislation, California lives up to its own self-image of trendsetter. This is one of those times.

The 7 Worst Problems While Driving In A Foreign Country

Rita Anya Nara | Posted 06.16.2014 | Travel
Rita Anya Nara

Hungry to take a summer road trip someplace exotic? Read up before you give Hertz or Avis a call, and remember, a drive around another continent can be a wonderful adventure as long as you're prepared.

3 Super Simple Money Tips for Married Couples

David A. Dedman | Posted 06.11.2014 | Money
David A. Dedman

My wife and I don't always agree on everything money and finance related. However, we have developed three super simple steps for dealing our finances, and each other.

8 Summer Road Trips That Will Get You Out Of The City Without Breaking The Bank

LearnVest | Posted 06.11.2014 | Travel
LearnVest

Pack your atlas -- or download the latest map app -- and get ready to hightail it out of dodge and hit the road.

The Veterans Affairs Scandal and Plans for Downsizing the Social Security Administration

Dean Baker | Posted 06.02.2014 | Business
Dean Baker

It's great to look for savings that still preserve the quality of the service provided by SSA. But a route that will make it difficult for beneficiaries to talk to a human being doesn't fit the bill.

Our Sacred Obligation to America's Defenders

Rep. Charles Rangel | Posted 07.29.2014 | Politics
Rep. Charles Rangel

Our veterans should not continue to suffer pointlessly. Republicans need to do more than wave an American flag. Rather, they need to work with my Democratic colleagues to pass legislation that provides the VA with the funds it needs.